Your latest "Slaughter Of The Soul"-wannabe platter comes in the form of IN THY DREAMS' "Highest Beauty" (the band has recently broken up, I am told). Hooray! Seriously, this is getting ridiculous. In one CD haul I recently acquired, it contained this album, along with HATESPHERE's debut and Mexico's DIES IRAE. I was trying to find some newer Melo-Death-acts who could do it well, yet somewhat originally. Wrong on all counts was I! This is just...man, I hope this trend is over soon! Not likely, but I will wish for it. It really is time that bands start accepting the fact that there will never be another "Slaughter...". They are chasing an impossible dream...
Okay, don't go thinking that I have nothing but contempt for this band/album, it's actually pretty good in its own way! Had I heard this in 1995 I would have liked it a lot more, but that goes without saying, this is almost seven years after the fact! Yes, all the essential elements are here: fast, thrashy drumming, choppy, melodic rhythm guitars, tortured vocals, tight production, large breasts, nice bum, but does that make what's in the heart? What about her MIND you shallow bastards? Every track follows a similar "double-time/half-time/repeat" format, and after a few songs I am counting the knots in the wood on my ceiling.
My guess is that you, the reader, would like this album to some extent. If you like Melo-Death, you will probably dig this. But therein lies my point! I am growing weary of the age-old tag "for fans of IN FLAMES, AT THE GATES...", and when exactly the rest of the world will catch on is only a matter of time, but albums like this will just keep whetting the palettes of those who seek to re-live "The Jester Race" and "SotS", superimposed into present day, pre-packaged and ready to be consumed by the next brainless trend-hopper. And to think that this genre was once so "underground".
I guess the fact that this band is now-defunct is not very saddening to heartless shits like myself. I do think it's time to realize that this trend is similar to the Nu-Metal-trend! Metal is slowly becoming what it hates, albums like this will not help...